During our visit in March, we were able to see the partially completed examination hall, built in very close proximity to the other school buildings. While construction was underway, we had concerns as to whether or not the building would be complete for the exams, scheduled during the window of March 15- April 30.
Similar to the SAT exams here, the West Africa Board Exams (WAEC) determine a student’s preparedness to enter university. Students study and prepare just like here with review sessions and practice tests.
Our Nigerian partners made a wise decision in determining the hall as a critical next step, acquiring the needed accreditation for Graceland from Zamfara State. The hall was cleverly designed and reinforced to provide an exam space on the second floor and administrative offices, library, computer lab, and teacher workroom on the first floor.
Work progressed enough to allow just over 30 students to sit for their exams. The exam results should be available in late July.